Optimal multiple-impulsive reconfiguration trajectories of satellite formation flying

Dong Yoon Kim, Byoungsam Woo, Sang Young Park, Kyu Hong Choi

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In this research, reconfiguration trajectories for satellite formation flying are investigated. Globally, fuel-optimal trajectories are presented by multi-impulsive control. To find the optimal trajectories, a combination of global and local optimization techniques is applied. The genetic algorithm as a global optimization tool is used to find globally sub-optimized two impulsive trajectories at first. The primer vector algorithm as a local optimization technique is used to fully optimize the trajectories produced by the genetic algorithm. When the combination is utilized, it can find multiple-impulse trajectories more than two-impulses as well as the most suitable solution in the neighboring region. The results show that fuel saving through multiple-impulsive trajectories can be offered, however its amount is insignificant. Two impulsive trajectories obtained by genetic algorithm, therefore, are credible and can be practically used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2007 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume129 PART 3
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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